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December 26, 2009

Tighter Security Taken On U.S.-Bound Travel

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 11:11 pm

Tighter Security Taken On U.S.-Bound Travel

Security was strengthened at airports across the country Saturday, one day after investigators say a passenger to blow up an airplane en route to Detroit using a mix of powder and liquid that failed to detonate.

Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab of Nigeria was formally charged Saturday afternoon in a Detroit federal court with attempting to destroy an airplane with a destructive device.

At LaGuardia Airport in Queens Saturday, passengers were prepared for long lines and tougher security.

They said they were grateful that anything more serious had been averted and while the attempted attack scared them, they were not making any changes to their travel plans.

Extra pat-downs before boarding. No getting up for the last hour of the flight. More bomb-sniffing dogs. Airports worldwide tightened security a day after a passenger tried to light some kind of explosive on a flight into Detroit.

NBC News reports the new steps include:

*Pat downs of passengers at airport security, concentrating on the upper torso and legs; *Physical inspections of all carry-on bags at the gate;
*Requiring all passengers to be seated for the full hour prior to arrival; *Banning the use of blankets and pillows one hour prior to arrival.

The Transportation Security Administration wouldn’t say exactly what it was doing differently on Saturday. It didn’t need to since travelers described the tightened security, especially for international flights bound for the United States.

Passengers on a flight from New York to Tampa on Saturday morning were told they must remain in their seats and couldn’t have items in their laps, including laptops and pillows.

Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Washington were not allowed to have anything on their laps during the descent into Dulles, or to open the overhead bins an hour before landing, said Nehmi Klaassen, 32, who made the trip on Saturday.

(Source: MSNBC / NY1)


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